Hand Appliquéd Ribbon
All of our appliquéd products are made by hand in India.
The appliquéd ribbon technique you see being used on our bags and mat holders was designed by one quite ingenious artisan working with our partner. After the women in her community were told they could no longer embroider, the task was taking too much attention away from their other obligations, they then began to decorate their clothing with pre-made ribbons bought at the local market. She took this idea, adapted it and created a whole new texture and aesthetic. We were inspired by her ingenuity and loved this new look so much, we had to make sure that it made its way onto our beautiful handmade pieces.
Our partner in India is a dynamic non-profit that has over 20 years of experience working with the preservation of artistic traditions. They have worked with over 1000 artisans on projects that encompass elevating the crafts that have existed within their region for centuries, preserving their artistic history through museum development, and ensuring its future though design training for local artisans.
A relatively new country, India only gained independence in 1947. Since then this magnificent country has seen many twists and turns along its road to development. Even with the immense progress it has made, India continues to have high levels of poverty and currently is home to one-third of the world’s extreme poor.